A few months ago I found through a MOOC at Universidad Galileo, that was possible to convert a Raspberry PI in "almost" a laptop. This idea caught my attention, by turning this "micro" in an independent computer. I investigate how to do it and I concluded that it was possible for me to do so, although it was not "quite easy". Below I detail what I did to achieve my RBPI used as a laptop. I have based on other blogs, in which details nearly the same procedure. I detail which worked for me, the problems I had, and how I finally managed to solve it
Step 1: Buying MOTOROLA DROID RAZR Lapdock 100
Some years ago I saw this gadget which I found very interesting although a bit extravagant. It is a device that was developed by Motorola, in order to "convert" a cell (specifically the Motorola Droid Razr) in a laptop. This device called Lapdock, is no more than a 10 "display with keyboard, battery and two USB ports. From backside lapdock there is a cable that terminates in a micro USB port and a micro hdmi, intended to connect the cell to the lapdock. Initially Motorola was selling roughly about $ 500.00 (not counting the cost of the phone) but it was not very well and ended up selling it much cheaper. Currently is available in Amazon about $ 110.00 in NEW condition. I bought one used at Amazon in "LIKE NEW" condition at US$ 45.00 plus shipping.
With state LIKE NEW from Amazon, the lapdock, came with his box in excellent condition with charger and user manual. The lapdock even had his M Sticker on the Motorola Lapdock.
Step 2: Buy Cables to Connect to RBPI Lapdock
This was what gave me more headaches. The blog in which I based to make the connection suggested some cables for which Amazon had no stock. Ok I did my own analysis on how to connect everything to plug perfectly. I made a diagram to better understand the connection. I placed the order for the lapdock + cables + connectors, and after a month I received everything but my calculation failed. I did not take into consideration how close was the hdmi and USB connectors of the lapdock. If connecting one of the two, the other could not be connected. I left the idea of the lapdock for a month ... Then resume the idea but this time with other cables, and finally with a configuration that did work for me. The cables and connectors configuration is:
Connectors: Bought (both) on amazon for an amount of U.S. $ 11.90:
1) Micro HDMI Female to HDMI Male Converter Adapter
2) USB A Male to Micro USB Female Adapter (Black)
Cables: Bought in dx.com amounting to U.S. $ 9.70 (These were purchased from a Chinese shop, so shipping was a little slow):
3) Male D Type Micro HDMI to Female Micro HDMI Cable for Motorola Cell Phones
4) Micro USB Male to Female Extension Data Cable - Black
Step 3: Connecting to the Lapdock
The numbers on the image, not correspond to an order... is only the id of the component.
Step 4: Adjust Raspberry to Lapdock
Step 5: Turning on the Lapdock
Turn on the Raspberry PI + Lapdock cost me to understand. For a good time I could not understand how turn it on as it seemed a rather unstable operation sometimes and others just do not understand why not turn.
Below I detail as I turn on the Raspberry PI + Lapdock, assuming the lapdock is closed and the battery is charged:
1) Connect the USB cable to power the RBPI.
2) Open lapdock.
3) For the above two operations should not light any LED on RBPI
4) Press power button that appears above key "DEL" for 5 sec.
5) You should now start the S.O.
1) Always run a shutdown to S.O.
2) Wait close all OS services and processes
3) After you have closed all services and processes and turn off the monitor lapdock, some leds RBPI, will continue on for a few seconds. We must wait until these are turned off for the RBPI finish doing everything. When finished, it is already possible to close the lapdock, disconnect the USB cable if desired, or turn on again.
If on the Power Off, for some reason we remove the power source when they have no off all leds RBPI surely give you some problem next on, for which we must try several times to turn on and off the lapdock, connect and disconnect the uSB cable until we get the normal operation of power again. Maybe this is a little empirical procedure, but it's the only thing I found.
Step 6: Antena Wireless
This is not necessary for the operation of the Lapdock, however, have an antenna to connect to WIFI, adds a lot of convenience when working with RBPI. I mention this point because any antenna can possibly NOT run the RBPI. I had WIFI at home with two antennas and neither could connect to my RBPI. For U.S. $ 13.25 acquired this, but right now I see that is costing U.S. $ 9.99.
The link is the same:
Edimax EW-7811Un 150 Mbps Wireless 11n Nano Size USB Adapter with EZmax Setup Wizard
This is the photograph of my antenna WIFI. I love it because it is very small and easy to install. Also .. this can be connected to the lapdock instead of connecting directly to RBPI